Welcome to Court Watch NOLA

Court Watch NOLA is a non-profit organization established in 2007 in an effort to promote efficiency, transparency, and accountability in New Orleans’ criminal justice system.  Court Watch NOLA’s many volunteers track hundreds of felony cases, and their daily presence in the courtroom helps identify systemic problems while also sending the message that New Orleanians care about making their criminal justice system more accountable and just.

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Check out our 2019 Annual Report

Jun 02, 2020

Click here to read our most recent report, Courts in Review: A 2019 Analysis of New Orleans’ Courts.

BREAKING: Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Denies Immunity For Cannizzaro

Apr 21, 2020

BREAKING: The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals denied District Attorney Cannizzaro’s request for immunity. Defendants argue that creating and issuing the fake subpoenas was protected prosecutorial conduct because it “relate[d] to the core prosecutorial function of preparing evidence and testimony for trial.” But the Supreme Court has squarely rejected this broad interpretation of absolute immunity. […]

5th Circuit Court of Appeals decision issued against fraudulent subpoenas

The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision denying Cannizzaro’s appeal for creating fraudulent subpoenas. Please read the appeals decision here.   4.21.20 Singleton v. Cannizzaro Fifth Circuit Opinion